Aiken County man jailed on sexual assault charges

By: Diane Cho
By: Diane Cho

An Aiken County man is behind bars facing two dozen charges of sexual assault. One of his alleged victims is as young as ten years old.

John Floyd is charged with 27 counts of criminal sexual conduct.

Authorities say John Floyd, father of three, sexually abused at least two young girls at his home in Williston, South Carolina.

"Sexual assaults are probably the most sensitive cases that law enforcement deals with," says Aiken County Sheriff's Office Lt. Michael Frank.

That's why we can't elaborate on some details such as Floyd's relationship with the victims.

We can tell you there were more than two dozen incidents between 1998 and 2006.

"He's always been like a real huggy, touchy kind of person, but I just kind of pushed him off and tell him to leave me alone," says Amanda Beard, one of Floyd's neighbors. Her input is especially unique because she also says she's close to a victim.

"It's been hard on her," Beard says. "She tries to hide it by acting like everything's all right, but you can tell it's not."

"There's a lot of embarrassment and shame that goes along with these cases," Lt. Frank says. "Sometimes the victims don't tell an adult."

In a news release, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office spells out each of the charges Floyd now faces.

Among them is criminal sexual conduct in the first degree.

Beard admits she's recently noticed some odd behavior in her neighbor's yard.

"I thought he was running from the law," Beard says. "Come down and asked him why he boarded all his windows up and he said he wasn't running from them it was just a big misunderstanding and that it'd get fixed."

Misunderstanding or not, Floyd now sits behind bars.

We also spoke with the mother of one of the alleged victims. She chose not to go on camera because the investigation is ongoing, but says her daughter is doing fine and is safe in her custody.

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